kansas association of teachers of science


  • 20 Mar 2017 1:57 PM | Anonymous

    Opportunities for students and teachers are detailed in this spring listing. 

    Table of Contents

    1. NASA Space Place
    2. Youth Awards Program for Energy Achievement
    3. National Rural Education Association: Essay Contest
    4. SciJinks E-Newsletter
    5. NGSS Now Update
    6. NEON - NASA Educators Online Network
    7. STEM Classrooms and Competitions
    8. Ascend Learning: Middle School Science Teachers
    9. Sigma XI Outstanding Science Educator Award
    10. International Ocean Discovery Program Opportunity
    11. Earth Day Video for the GLOBE Program
    12. Kansas NSF EPSCoR Workshop for Physics and Physical Science Teachers

  • 15 Mar 2017 12:39 PM | Anonymous

    By integrating the national agriculture standards into she does in her Eisenhower High School (Goddard, KS) ecology classes and the on-campus OWLS area Denise Scribner has won both the state 2017 Kansas Foundation Ag in the Classroom Janet Sims Memorial Teacher of the Year Award and is the winner of the National Excellence in Teaching about Agriculture Award for 2017 presented by  the National Agriculture in the Classroom Organization (NAITCO), U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Farm Credit. 

    go to for announcement:  http://www.agclassroom.org/teacher/announcement.htm

  • 27 Feb 2017 1:17 PM | Anonymous


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    Kansas NSF EPSCoR
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    University of Kansas
    Lawrence, KS

    Special Announcements

    February 2017

    Full proposal for RII Track-4: EPSCoR Research Fellows due
    February 28, 2017 at 5:00 p.m.

    November 2017

    Save the Dates! 25th NSF EPSCoR National Conference
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    2017 Kansas NSF EPSCoR Physics Teacher Workshop at Kansas State APPLY NOW

    Kansas NSF EPSCoR presents “Modeling the Unseen in the Physical Sciences”, a workshop for Kansas and Nebraska High School and Middle School Physics and Physical Sciences Teachers June 15-16, 2017 at Kansas State University.

    2017 Kansas EPSCoR Track 2 Researcher and University of Kansas Physicist, Dr. Hui Zhao, discovers a new bilayer material

    A member of the Kansas NSF EPSCoR Track 2 “Collaborative Research: Imaging and Controlling Ultrafast Dynamics of Atoms, Molecules and Nanostructures” research team, Dr. Hui Zhao and his team at the Ultrafast Laser Lab at the University of Kansas have successfully created a new bilayer material.

    Small College Faculty Collaboration with KU brings a low-cost Surface-Enhanced Raman Scattering (SERS) Instrument to MidAmerica Nazarene University

    As part of the Kansas EPSCoR Track 2 “Collaborative Research: Imaging and Controlling Ultrafast Dynamics of Atoms, Molecules and Nanostructures” small college collaboration initiative, Dr. Jordan Mantha, Associate Professor of Chemistry at the MidAmerica Nazarene University (MNU) partnered with Dr. Chris Elles, Associate Professor of Chemistry at the University of Kansas (KU) to develop a low-cost Surface-enhanced Raman Scattering (SERS) instrument.


    Both the Kansas NSF EPSCoR and the Nebraska NSF EPSCoR programs are sponsoring at least six Kansas or Nebraska undergraduate students to participate in their 2017 Atomic, Molecular, and Optical (AMO) Physics Summer Research Experience for Undergraduate (REU) students (at least three students will be accepted at each campus). For more information - http://kansas-nsf-epscor.blogspot.com/2016/12/summer-undergraduate-research.html

    University of Kansas and West Virginia University collaborate on Water Restoration Project

    Congratulations to University of Kansas Associate Professor, Dr. Edward Peltier Improving Water Management, Treatment and Recovery in Oil and Gas Production and Professor, Dr. Stephen Randtke, of Civil, Environmental and Architectural Engineering Department; Dr. Karen Peltier, Assistant Scientist and Director of Labs for the KU Tertiary Oil Recover Program; and to West Virginia University Director of WVU Water Research Institute, Dr. Paul Ziemkiewicz, Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering Department, Dr. Lian-Shin for receiving one of the 11 NSF Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) Research Infrastructure Improvement Track-2 (RII) investment strategy awards.

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    Kansas NSF EPSCoR Program is funded by the National Science Foundation Grant No. EPS-0903806 and the State of Kansas. Any opinions, findings and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.

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  • 26 Feb 2017 10:59 PM | Anonymous



    Registration is Now Open


    Wichita State University, home of the Shockers, is pleased to be hosting an Advanced Placement Summer Institute on the WSU campus this summer, June 19-22, 2017.  Our Institute will offer sessions for the following AP courses:

    • AP® Language and Composition
    • AP® Literature and Composition
    • AP® Biology
    • AP® U.S. History: Crossing Boundaries with Skill Focused Approaches to AP U.S. History and AP World History
    • AP® Statistics
    • Pre AP® English
    • Pre AP® Math

    We have secured experienced consultants from the Midwest and Southwest College Board Regions to lead our sessions, which are open to both new and experienced AP® teachers.


    WSU is also providing the opportunity for Institute attendees to earn graduate level credit at a discounted rate.






    Institute Dates & Times

    Monday, June 19 - Thursday, June 22
    8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. each day

    Lunch is included each day.





    Wichita State University is pleased to offer attendees a special opportunity for housing during the Institute.  A set of rooms for attendees has been arranged on the Wichita State University campus in Shocker Hall.  Individuals may arrive on the afternoon of June 18 and will depart at the close of the Institute on June 22nd. Single rooms are $174 for the time period.  Double rooms are $154 for the time period per person.  Individuals will receive a pillow, pillowcase, two sheets, blanket, hand towel, washcloth and bar of soap.  More information about Shocker Hall can be found at http://webs.wichita.edu/?u=housing&p=/shocker_hall_landing_page/.  Breakfast and dinner is not provided but individuals can purchase it on-site at Shocker Hall for an additional cost.



    To reserve your space, complete the registration form and return it to:

    Wichita State University
    Conference Office
    1845 Fairmount St., Box 136
    Wichita, KS 67260-0136

    Phone: (316) 978-6493

    Fax: (316) 978-3064

    E-mail: conference.office@wichita.edu



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  • 15 Feb 2017 4:53 PM | Anonymous

    The KSU chapter of Sigma Xi (a scientific research society and publisher of American Scientist)  has for a number of years given an annual award to an outstanding secondary science teacher.  One of the missions of Sigma Xi is supporting education, and we feel that recognizing excellence in secondary science teaching in our state is an important expression of this mission.

    Over that last several years we have received a large number of excellent candidates and it is a challenge each year to select only one or two awardees.  

    The award winners in the last few years were:

    2016 Mr. Adam Robb - Moundridge High School, Moundridge

    2015 Ms. Josephine Reno - Central Middle School, Kansas City
    2015 Mr. Gabriel Dalton - Highland Park Highschool

    2014 Ms. Miranda Forgey - Hope Street Academy, Topeka

    2014 Mr. Jeremy Mohn -  Blue Valley Northwest High School

    2013 Mr. Jeff McFarlane - JC Harmon High School

    2012 Ms. Susan Arnold - Maize High School
    2011 Ms. Brenda Bott - Shawnee Mission West High School
    2011 Mr. Dan Whisler - Sterling High School
    2010 Ms. Janice Crowley - Wichita Collegiate High School
    2009 Ms. Carrie Newdigger - Macksville High School
    2008  Ms. Lyric Cairns - Salina South High School
    2007 Mr. James Enneking - Saint Thomas Aquinas High School
    2007 Ms. Laurie Cleavinger - McLouth High School
    2006 Mr. Duke Harman - Eisenhower Middle School, Manhattan
    2005 Ms. Jan Cyr - Blue Valley North High School
    Nominations for the award (by administrators, principles, or other teachers) should be sent to me (e-mail or regular mail) by March 20.  Please feel free to renominate outstanding teachers who were not selected for awards in previous years.  The simple nomination form is included below.  

    Thank you for your support of quality science teaching in Kansas!

    Keith Miller
    Chair: Science Educator Award Committee
    KSU Chapter Sigma Xi




    Candidate’s Name ______________________________________________________________

    Candidate’s School _____________________________________________________________

    School Address ________________________________________________________________

    School Telephone Number _______________________________________________________
    Candidate’s Home Address _______________________________________________________________

    Candidate’s Home Telephone _____________________________________________________
    Candidate’s Teaching Specialty  ___________________________________________________
    Candidate’s Length of Teaching Service _____________________________________________
    Candidate’s Degrees (Degrees, Years, Colleges):



    Nominator’s statement of achievement on behalf of the candidate:
     (Attach statement to this form.)
    Return to:  Dr. Keith B. Miller, Committee Chair, Dept. of Geology, 108 Thompson Hall, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS 66506  by March 20, 2017, or e-mail to keithbmill@gmail.com
  • 15 Feb 2017 4:43 PM | Anonymous

    We recently (2014) updated the Science and Our Food Supply: Food Safety from Farm to Table. It is available to download from this site - http://www.fda.gov/food/foodscienceresearch/toolsmaterials/scienceandthefoodsupply/default.htm. And, you can always order paper copies from Isabelle – best way is to send her a direct email – isabelle.howes@graduateschool.edu.

     We also have a new Middle Level Nutrition Curriculum - Science and Our Food Supply:  Using the Nutrition Facts Label to Make Healthy Food Choices – that is only available by download from the website above.

     Finally we have an Edmodo Group – Food Science & Nutrition. You are most welcome to join the group. We have a wonderful library filled with additional resources to use with both the food safety and nutrition programs. To join, go to https://www.edmodo.com, register as a teacher, and request to join the group. The code is w5q6mp.

     I also wanted to ask your help in getting out the word about the summer program – yes we are funded for another year. If you know of anyone who might be interested, please direct them to our online application - http://www.teachfoodscience.org/apply.asp.

     Thanks so much for your support of our programs and please don’t hesitate to send along any questions or concerns.


    Mimi Cooper

    Training Facilitator

    FDA Food Safety and Nutrition Programs


  • 14 Feb 2017 12:08 PM | Anonymous

    K-State is now offering a convenient online format for those of you wishing to obtain two different advanced degrees:  

  • 13 Feb 2017 10:04 PM | Anonymous

    Kansas Citizens for Science, a long-time partner with KATS, announces scholarships of $100-275 to be awarded to attendees for KATS Kamp this spring.

    KCFS realizes that KATS Kamp is the premiere professional development opportunity for science teachers in Kansas. We therefore want to provide the opportunity for increased numbers of K-12 teachers to attend.

    Early career teachers who have district/building mentors are encouraged to have their mentors apply also. If an early career teacher is awarded a scholarship, their mentor will receive one also. We want such teams to be able to work together at Kamp. An early career teacher may, of course, apply even if no mentor applies.

    KCFS will provide scholarships based on the following criteria:
    • Teachers who will be first time Kamp attendees.
    • Early career teachers.
    • Teachers whose district provides no support for attendance.
    • Teachers who will agree to attend one of the sessions sponsored by KCFS
    • District/building mentors of early career teachers

    Award recipients will be expected to apply knowledge obtained at Kamp in their classroom.
    Applicants do not have to meet all the above criteria, but these are the criteria which will be used to determine scholarship recipients.

    Please submit this form no later than February 28th, 2017. The form is at http://www.quia.com/sv/733006.html

    Questions should be sent to cheryl.shepherdadams@gmail.com

    . Recipients will be contacted after March 15 by email.

  • 01 Feb 2017 8:23 AM | Anonymous

    STEM Classrooms and Competitions:  Asking Questions and Defining Problems – Inquire Today 


    The first course of four in ESU’s 12-credit hour information, technology, and scientific literacy certificate program will be offered again this summer, May 22 – August 1, 2017, online using Canvas with one face-to-face class meeting on Saturday, July 15, 2017. The course develops knowledge and skills STEM preservice or inservice teachers and school librarians need as co-teachers to provide grades 4-12 students guided inquiry instruction around critical issues such as sufficient energy; prevention and treatment of illness and disease; maintaining clean food and water; and global environmental change.  Some scholarships are available.  Please contact Brady Lund blund2@emporia.edu for more information about enrolling in PS591, PS791, or LI791. Limited space (25). Certificate website: http://tinyurl.com/publhlc

    Dr. Mirah Dow, Professor, mdow@emporia.edu

    Dr. Ken Thompson, Professor, kthompso@emporia.edu

    STEM-ALL is partially funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.


KATS email:   kats.org1967@gmail.com

Payments and invoices should be sent to:

KATS Treasurer

P.O. Box 780899

Wichita KS 67278

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